People with GAD experience excessive and uncontrollable worries about everyday things and spend a lot of time dwelling on “what if?” and imagining the worst possible outcomes. Their anxiety is usually disproportionate to the source of worry—concerns that most people find manageable can feel like huge obstacles. This anxiety interferes with day-to-day life and can manifest in physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, trembling, and fidgeting.
Warning signs of GAD include:
- Inability to get rid of concerns
- Anxiety that is more intense than a situation warrants
- Unable to relax and startle easily
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- Physical symptoms like fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, body aches, trembling and sweating